Canisius and Niagara have each put together quality Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference seasons, with both teams at 7-4.
But Niagara lost to Quinnipiac, undefeated in MAAC play, 62-42, in Hamden, Conn. while the Griffs lost at Fairfield, 72-65.
The Purple Eagles led at the end of one but the Bobcats began to pull away in the second quarter. Niagara was down 10 at halftime.
Niagara’s Jai Moore led all scorers with 17 points, her 19th game this season scoring in double figures.
Canisius was upset by Fairfield 72-65 as the Stags controlled the second and third quarters.
The Griffs shot 50 percent during the game but were overmatched by a hot-shooting night by Fairfield.
Fairfield finished 13 of 26 from three-point range.
Sara Hinriksdottir finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds for Canisius.
Griffs play top MAAC team
Canisius (9-13, 6-4 MAAC) travels to New Jersey to play Rider tonight at 7 p.m.
Rider (12-10, 7-3 MAAC) is undefeated at home this season while the Griffs have a better record when away this season.
Rider defeated the Griffs at the Koessler Center, 82-73, in January.
Niagara (11-12, 5-6 MAAC) will play at Marist tonight at 7 p.m.
Marvin Prochet averages the second-most points in the conference this year at 17.8 points per game. James Towns is averaging 11.8.
Marist is the top three-point shooting team in the conference at 37.4 percent.
Niagara will play at Iona on Sunday at 1 p.m. to complete its weekend trip.
NU home this weekend
Niagara will remain in Western New York the rest of the season. They play Sacred Heart tonight and tomorrow in Dwyer Arena.
Niagara plays tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
Canisius plays two games at Bentley this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.